Hazardous Waste Warning
Wastes in this section are dangerous to you and the environment. Handle them carefully and dispose of them properly.
Legally, households may not transport more than 15 gallons of wet or 125 pounds of dry hazardous materials. Read about the regulation.
What are Hazardous Wastes?
Hazardous Wastes are materials that are either flammable, corrosive, highly reactive or poisonous. As such, they should not be put in the trash. Many chemicals used around the home, in our cars, and in manufacturing are hazardous. Expand the list below for specific examples and links to more information.
Fluorescent Lights and Mercury
Sharps and Pharmaceutical Waste
Pool and Hobby Supplies
Gardening and Farm Supplies
Other Hazardous Waste
Who can use Collection Centers and Events?
Hazardous Waste events and facilities are designed for residents and small businesses. Businesses should review our Businesses with Hazardous Waste page for more details.
Do not bring explosives, biohazards, radioactive materials, needles, or controlled substances to Hazardous Waste collection sites or events unless specified.
How should I transport my material?
Please make sure that all of your waste is securely contained in your vehicle. Each container should have a properly fitting lid and must be no larger than 5 gallons. Also, it's best to double-contain your material in cardboard boxes or plastic bins.
Each collection center has its own acceptance limits, so please call ahead to see how much waste you can transport at one time.
Don't let this happen to you! This is a great reminder of why it's very important to stay within transportation limits and properly secure your hazardous waste before transporting it. (Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Washington State Patrol, Russ Winger)
What if I have too much hazardous waste to transport and need it picked up?
If you have a large amount of hazardous waste and need onsite collection service, consult with one of the following Hazardous Waste Haulers.
Where are the County-run Hazardous Waste Centers?
A complete list of County-run facilities, including the Hazardous Waste Collection Centers, can be found our our County Facilities Page. Also check out our latest Hazardous Waste Program Annual Report.
Complete List of Pages in Hazardous Waste
Every page in the Hazardous Waste section is listed below. Either look through it to find what you are looking for or use the search bar.
- Aerosol Cans
- Asbestos (Friable)
- Asbestos (Non-Friable)
- Asbestos Removal Services
- Asbestos Testing
- Automotive Fluids
- Batteries Explained
- Biohazard Waste
- Business Hazardous Waste
- CFLs - Compact Fluorescent Lights
- Cleaning Products
- Controlled Substances
- Fluorescent Light Tubes
- Hazardous Waste Haulers
- Hazardous Waste Regulation
- Latex-Based Paint
- Lead Paint Disposal
- Lead Paint Removal
- Lead Paint Testing
- Mercury Containing Devices
- Mold Removal
- Mold Testing
- Motor Oil
- Motor Oil Filters
- Non-Rechargeable Batteries
- Oil-Based Paint
- Pesticides, Herbicides and Fertilizers
- Pool Supplies
- Printer Cartridges
- Propane Tanks
- Rechargeable Batteries
- Santa Ynez Valley Collection Event
- Smoke Detectors
- Solvents and Adhesives
- Stains and Finishes
- Toxic Waste
- Treated Wood
- Vehicular Batteries
April 06, 2014
April 12, 2014
April 26, 2014
May 03, 2014
February 11, 2014 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste
December 20, 2013 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste
November 04, 2013 by Leslie Robinson - Electronics
October 02, 2013 by Alan Nakashima - Electronics
September 20, 2013 by Alan Nakashima - Electronics
June 03, 2013 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste
April 26, 2013 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste
April 01, 2013 by Leslie Robinson - Electronics
February 20, 2013 by Leslie Robinson - Electronics
February 19, 2013 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste
December 10, 2012 by Alan Nakashima - Hazardous Waste
November 13, 2012 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste
November 10, 2012 by Alan Nakashima - Hazardous Waste
September 23, 2012 by Leslie Robinson - Electronics
June 12, 2012 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste
February 27, 2012 by Leslie Robinson - Electronics
September 20, 2011 by Jeff Simeon - Electronics
September 06, 2011 by Jeff Simeon - Electronics
June 30, 2011 by Leslie Robinson - Hazardous Waste
June 13, 2011 by Jeff Simeon - Electronics
April 13, 2011 by Leslie Robinson - Electronics